Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Aug 2012 20:46 UTC
Linux "For years now, Linux has been a black sheep standing in the shadow of Apple and Microsoft. Despite having a fervent and enthusiastic following, the operating system hasn't been able to grab a sizable share of the computing market and has instead been content to subsist on the customers that come away dissatisfied with the mainstream competition. But that may be about to change. With the release of Microsoft Windows 8 on the horizon, some are saying Linux may have a great opportunity to steal a significant share of the market away from Microsoft, allowing it to finally take the helm as a major operating system service provider." This has to stop, and the only reason I'm linking to this nonsense is to make this very clear: Linux will not magically conquer the desktop or even make any significant gains because of Windows 8. People who don't like Windows 8 (Vista) will continue to use Windows 7 (Windows XP). This is getting so tiring. And does it even matter? Linux is winning big time in the mobile space, server space, and countless other spaces. The desktop is and always has been irrelevant to Linux.
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Linux on the desktop WOULD be nice
by PieterGen on Tue 28th Aug 2012 21:32 UTC
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I disagree with Thom: I think that a larger marketshare of Linux on the desktop WOULD be nice. Let's just dream for a moment...and wake up in a world where Linux, OSX and Windows have marketshares of 30%, plus some percentages for Haiku, BSD, OS/2, Minix and Plan-9? What would that world look like?

- it would be less vulnerable to malware because it is more diverse
- there would be more focus on open standards so we can communicate, leading to less vendor-dependecy
- we would see more competition, more innovation and lower costs

IS it going to happen? I don't think so, unfortunately. Two reasons:
1. most consumers and corporate clients are used to Windows and don't care enough about computers to make a switch to another OS.
2. Microsoft and Apple are very strong, have money and political and legal contacts.

Despite all this headwind, I do think that Ubuntu will grow, as the most 'handholding' Linux on the market. Which is a good thing :-)

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